Sensitivities, allergies, indigestion, reflux. All common words in my house. Both Kaira and I have a list of foods to stay away from or limit.
I didn’t find out about some of my allergies and sensitivities until I was well in my mid twenties.
Yes, there is a difference between allergies and sensitivities. Allergies are easier to figure out. If the food has been eaten, you can get an allergy test done.
Sensitivities on the other hand are much more difficult to spot. Reactions can come on right away or it can take days or months.
An example? Kaira’s sensitive to chicken. It’s not an allergy so she won’t have hives, rashes, swelling or any of the allergy symptoms. Instead, within the next day or two, she will develop an “itchy spot” on her leg. It’s usually in the same place.
For me, one of my sensitivities is cheese. It shows up as bumps that look like pimples on the back of my arm. Like Kaira’s, same spot. Mine takes about 3 days for it to show up.
How did I figure out the sensitivities? Saw a medical psychic. She was able to list out what was bugging the bodily system. Once I removed those items from the diet, boom, immediate improvements.
Honestly, I don’t think I would have been able to figure them all out myself. And like I said, there aren’t tests for sensitivities, so it makes them tricky.
It’s been a journey to find foods that both Kaira and I can enjoy together. Many times, I find myself making two meals. One for her and one for me.
Which leads me to…Chia Pudding! Something we can both enjoy.
I’m a little late to the party on this one because chia bowls have been a thing for a while. I never realized how easy it was!
Ok, if you know me or follow me, you already know that I suck at giving recipes. My way to cook is a dash of that, a squirt of that, throw in this…you get it.
That being said, here’s how I made it.
– Almond milk (poured the amount I wanted to have pudding)
– Chia seeds (I mixed it in and let it sit until it became a pudding consistency. I had to add in more chia seeds about 3 times to get it where I wanted)
-Hemp Seed for the topping (Excellent protein)
– Optional stuff
– A dash of vanilla
– Probiotics (For Kaira’s bowl, I threw in a kids probiotic powder. I use the one from Garden of Life. For mine, I added a probiotic juice I found at Sprouts.)
If you came here just for the recipe, here’s one that you can use and I challenge you to keep reading on.
Alright, what does Chia Pudding have to do with mindset?
First off, incorporating super foods into your ritual is fantastic for your body and helps your mind and body function at its best.
Second, play around with ingredients until you reach what you desire. Same goes for your mindset. When you set a goal for yourself, it’s not the end all be all.
You can always readjust even after achieving your goal. Like the Chia Pudding, maybe you don’t like Hemp seeds, even though I’m recommending it, doesn’t mean you need to put that in. Maybe instead you like coconut and want to put in coconut flakes.
Maybe you decide to use coconut water instead of almond milk.
Those are not something I had suggested, but if it’s fitting for you, try it.
If you tried the coconut flakes in it and decide it isn’t what you want, you don’t have to use it for your next one. You don’t even have to continue eating the one you made. You have the ability to stop.
Goals are the same way. You can take goal suggestions from others, doesn’t mean you have to keep them or go with that exact goal.
You can adjust your goals as you go along or adjust once you’ve reached them.
Maybe one of your goals is to wake up earlier. First day you set your alarm for 5 am. You do it for a few weeks and find that your productivity level is slower than when you woke up later. But at the same time, you are getting more things done.
Play around with it. Maybe you wake up at 6 am instead and see if that extra hour of sleep makes a difference. Or maybe you sleep one hour earlier. Maybe a mid day nap is in order.
And like the food sensitivities, the goal may be good for one person and not for another. Do what’s right for you.
Many times when setting a goal, we feel like it’s set in stone.
You are the one setting the goal. Regardless if someone else is setting them with you or if you are being accountable to someone, at the end of the day it is still YOUR goal.
Third, if you did come here for only the recipe, but then decided to keep reading, 👏👏👏 There’s a certain flexibility in life that one must carry.
It carries on in everything you do, including cooking. The inability to let go of a simple thing as a recipe can show up in many places of your life. Where does it show up for you?
Try it out and let me know what you think. Both pudding and mindset.
I want pictures!
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‘Til next time!